Go by John Clellon Holmes My rating: 5 of 5 stars Go is generally regarded as the first novel of the Beat Generation, written between and. Go, by John Clellon Holmes, is the first novel published by a member of the so- called Beat Generation of the s in the United States. The years immediately . Before the world knew Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Cassady, this “brilliant and important” novel chronicled the author’s early years among the Beats (Los Angeles.

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They attempted to catch fire in a bottle but when the bottle was opened View a FREE sample. This section contains words approx. Why does the description of this book spend ckellon much of it’s tone being bitter about not being considered as important as other works from the Beats? Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

Book review: Go, by John Clellon Holmes

It’s also contains none of the passion and verve of Kerouac and other beat works, but this was Holmes’ admitted role with the beats, a somewhat detached observer on the fringe, rather than an ardent principal of the bea I enjoyed it, and it’s a must-read for any beat aficionado.

Although possibly too conventional for some fans, Holmes’ portraits of the inner circle of beat writers make this a must-read for anyone interested in the movement.

Larson rated it liked it. Just like Kerouac, Holmes has a lot of those moments where you just have to stop and bask in the glow of the writing every so often. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. View all 4 comments. Diarios Indios Allen Ginsberg. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics.


Book review: Go, by John Clellon Holmes | Khanya

The two personalities that come most vividly to life are those of Neal Cassady and Allen Ginsberg. Nicholson rated it really liked it.

The motives, both internal and external, of these young men and women are detailed cllellon the page, and in such close detail.

But it’s a bit verbose and tedious, overloaded with hholmes analysis and description. Go was published infive years before On The Road. Go is intelligent and observant without a trace of the heavy handed stylistic treatments o DRAFT I liked this book a lot. I really enjoyed this novel, for me it was fascinating to have such a different outlook into the beats.

Go, Part 3, Hell, Chapters It would even be a good novel to start off on when thinking about exploring the Beat writers, as it certainly has a cool 50s feeling, as well as showing the kind of lives that some disaffected, bohemian young Americans lived post-WW2.

He thinks of his friends, including one who had died, and wonders if anyone had actually loved them. If one were to compare it jjohn another beat work of literature, instead of “On the Road” I would say it has the raw immediacy of Ginsberg’s “Howl.

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And that was only fifteen years after it all happened in Holmes’s book. The word Go appears regularly in the book, spoken by many of the cast of characters, almost as a mantra. Holmes is much more of a realist than Kerouac and certainly Neal Cassady and doesn’t hesitate to show the dark side of the Beat lifestyle–as when johh characters get bored and sick of the antics of Cassady here Hart Kennedy and Jack Kerouac here Gene Pasternak at a bop jazz show.


It never occurred to me that those people, who frequented bars like that, were the Beat Generation, and yet they were.

Hobbes, Holmes alter ego, can be a dull character; interspersed with the action is too much of philosoph A more conventional novel than On the Road. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Continued from Part 3. Although the events in this book actually take place after Kerouac’s first novel, the publishing of the book is chronicled here, so it feels like a good place in that chronology to read it.

Nov 28, Stephen Hayes rated it it was amazing Shelves: This search took the form of experimentation with drugs and sex, a fascination with the structural freedom of “modern” jazz, and a constant movement from one place to another, as if the answers these young people sought could be en route to somewhere. Hobbes is torn between joining his friends in their riotous existence and trying to maintain his relatively stable life and marriage to his wife Kathryn.

One interesting angle is when the Huncke character and two other underworlders, a slumped junkie named “Little Rock” who the character Hobbes based on Holmes casts as the epitome of “coolness” and a tall redhead named Winnie, move into Stofsky’s apartment, using it to stash stolen goods, with increasing obviousness–the Stofsky character sees himself as a prophet subverting social values by hanging around with “the world’s doomed and outcast” or some other such Blakean Ginsbergism.

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